Whits Wisdom – Randy Petes, Jason Sangha, Ashes Preview

Whit’s Wisdom – Randy Petes, Jason Sangha, Ashes Preview

Welcome back to Whit’s Wisdom for the 2017/18 season. As we continue to move towards Christmas, I hope that everyone is enjoying their cricket and are looking forward to scoring plenty of runs and taking plenty of wickets, as well as gearing up for what looks to be a very exciting Ashes series.

On the Randy Petes start to the season:

I have been impressed with the start for the whole club, because the Club Championship is always hanging in the air and if you don’t have a good start to the first few rounds, its very hard to make that up at the end of the season. Particularly with First Grade to start of the season well with a few wins, Second Grade chiming in with a couple of wins too, it all counts.

We’ve got a lot of good young players at the club, and its good to see Riley Ayre doing very well since moving to the club with both the bat and ball. He’s settled in nicely to the club and he looks to have gotten over an injury-riddled season last year where he didn’t play too much. He looks to just be relishing the opportunity to play some cricket, and be a part of the club.

Overall, the club is going well and coming into a very important period now, we need to keep going at the level that we have shown in some grades, and perhaps lift it a little bit in some others. That all comes down to training, and how the teams perform.

President's Lunch 2017 - Another Huge Success!!!

Click for photos.  Rodney Hogg and Sam Kekovich were hilarious, Mike Whitney and MC Graeme Hughes were as entertaining as always, with special mention to one of the club's great volunteers Stan Beal!

President's Lunch Organiser Chris Sullivan, Stan Beal and Mike Whitney

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Mike Whitney plus guests

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Chad Greenberg, David Mitchell, Rod Stafford and Matt Taylor

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Head of Sponsorship Neale Anderson

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Guest of Honour - Rodney Hogg 42 wickets at 12.85!

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Big Sam Kekovich calling a spade a spade!

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From The Pavilion - Round 5, Day 2 vs Blacktown + Metro, T20 Cup

Match Reports 

1st to 5th Grade - Round 5 Day 2 V Blacktown 

Metropolitan Cup - Round 5 Day 2 v UNSW and Sydney University 

1st Grade T20 - Round 3 v St George @ Hurstville 

It was a crucial Day 2 of Round 5 for the Randy Petes against Blacktown, with the Club desperate to secure as many points as possible against a Club sitting last on the Club Championship. Whilst in 1st and 2nd Grade innings results had already been achieved by the Randy Petes and Blacktown respectively, plenty remained to play for on Day 2, whilst in 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades the results remained a lot more evenly poised, with all our teams in contention to claim the 6 first innings points on offer.  With a bit of rain around Sydney again, it threatened to be another day of stop/start action around the grounds, as well as at Metropolitan Cup where we took on Sydney University and UNSW on Day 2. Sunday cricket this week saw First Grade back in action as they travelled to the lovely Hurstville Oval to take on St. George, looking to rebound from our two losses in T20 cricket to open the season at home. Find out below who starred on Saturday and Sunday on another action packed weekend of cricket for the Randy Petes. 

550x156 Lefand Group logo1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Blacktown @ Coogee Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Eaton, Hughes, Chibber, Bohannon, Kemp, Ayre, Semple, Neser, Ram, Warren

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/147 - 44.5 Overs (Ayre 40, Hughes 19) and 2(dec)/226 - 59 Overs (Hughes 102 n/o, Eaton 91, Chibber 22n/o) Defeated Blacktown 10/124 - 45.2 Overs (Semple 6/35-13.2, Neser 2/9-8, Warren 2/24-8) and 4/121 - 34 Overs (Semple 4/53-11) 

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First Grade were keen to ram home the advantage on Day 2 against Blacktown at Coogee Oval, having already claimed a tense 23-run first innings victory on a wild Day 1 of action. Whilst 20 wickets fell on Day 1, the goal here would be to push past 200 as we resumed at 0/3 in our second innings, 26 runs ahead overall, and set up a run chase for a struggling Warriors outfit that had already suffered a dramatic middle order collapse last Saturday under the pressure of some tight bowling. 

The boys dominated Day 2, performing well with bat and ball, however were denied an outright victory by a defensive Blacktown side in their second innings run chase. Having set Blacktown 250 from 40 overs, many expected the Warriors to have a lash at the target given their current predicament. However, instead they were content to see out the day, finishing on 4/121 before an early stumps was called. 

Earlier in the day with the bat we were the complete opposite to our first innings, with the top order punishing the Warriors’ attack to finish on 2/226 before the declaration was made. New opener Shaun Eaton (91) and Jason Hughes (102n/o) were the stars of the day, with the pair combining for an outstanding 173-run partnership after the Warriors had taken an early wicket. Eaton is relishing a return to the top of the order after a couple of inconsistent seasons, and has now scored heavily in three of the first five rounds this season, and was unlucky to miss the 100 here that he deserved. Jason Hughes has already made scores of 62 and 83 this season, and he went one step better here bringing up a deserved century. There wouldn't be many better players in Sydney at the moment than Hughes, with his ability to bat long periods, with his ten 4s and one six spanning a 180-ball stint at the crease. Hughes has slotted into Nathan Price’s Number 3 role seamlessly, and now has 266 runs at an average of 66 in his first year with our Club.

Despite Eaton and Hughes’ exploits, it was Adam Semple (4/53-11) who stole the man of the match honours with a memorable 10-wicket haul for the match, after picking up another 4 second innings wickets. Another remarkable stat was the dismissal “caught A. Sams bowled Semple” occurred seven times in the match, with Anthony Sams recording 8 catches for the game in a fantastic display of wicket keeping. Semple now has 15 wickets at 21 for the season, and remains a pillar of consistently in our attack, which has suffered some injuries so far this season. 

The victory sees us move to 19 points, just one point outside the Top 6 in 7th spot. Next week the boys make the trip out west to take on Penrith at Howell Oval. With the Panthers struggling in 17th spot, another victory would see us back in the Top 6, as we inch closer toward the halfway mark of the season. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award 

3 – Adam Semple

2 – Riley Ayre

1 – Anthony Sams

Jason Hughes salutes

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1st Grade T20 Round 3 - St. George v Randwick Petersham @ Hurstville 

Team -  A. Sams (c+) Semple, Eaton, D. Sams, Kemp, Chibber, Bohannon, Everett,  Ayre, Mahony-Brack, Ram 

Result - Randwick Petersham 8/188 - 20 overs (D. Sams 92, Eaton 28, A. Sams 17, Bohannon 17) Defeated St. George 4/173 - 20 Overs (Eaton 3/23-4) 

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Our First Grade T20 campaign was in need of lift-off as we travelled to Hurstville Oval to take on Saints. Despite having won three 1st Grade T20 competitions, the boys are on the back foot early in the 2017/18 campaign having dropped both our opening games at home to Sutherland and Newcastle at Coogee. James Mahony-Brack would make his First Grade debut after some excellent form for PG’s in their six T20 games this season. Mahoney-Brack has come through the Club’s junior system, vice-captaining Green Shield, and since finishing school 18 months ago has risen right up the ranks from 5th Grade to make it to 1st Grade, and is a very talented all-rounder capable of having a long 1st Grade career. Daniel Sams also returned after a successful stint in New Zealand First Class cricket for Canterbury. The Saints are always hard to beat at home and they would be boosted by the return of two NSW contracted players in Kurtis Patterson and Moises Henriques to add plenty of punch to their batting order. 

In a compelling and highly entertaining game between two talented teams, we were able to finish on the right side of the ledger, winning by 12 runs. In a high scoring game, the Saints looked in control at 1/120 with Henriques and former Randy Petes all-rounder Nick Stapleton at the crease, before a great fightback with the ball saw us limit them to 4/173, after amassing 8/188 earlier in the day. 

With the bat, we were in early trouble at 2/2 after winning the toss and batting, before the returning Daniel Sams (92) had nearby houses at Hurstville in peril as he belted 92 from just 38 balls in a brutal display of talent and power. Sams has long been a standout performer in the T20 format, and played a huge role in a couple of our title winning campaigns with his dynamic all-round abilities. After a successful stint in New Zealand First Class cricket, Sams surely must be belting down the door to gain a Big Bash contract. Sams was well supported by skipper Anthony Sams (17) and Josh Bohannon (17), before Shaun Eaton (28) continued his great form from the previous day, belting 28 from 16 balls to give our innings a sprightly finish. 

With the ball, Sean Eaton (3/23-4) was the man who really pegged back the Saints, putting on a one-man show with the ball. Eaton came on when we were going around the park a bit, and really controlled the game for us by getting the key scalps of Stapleton and Henriques in quick succession. Both Adam Semple and Daniel Sams then did what they do best in the death overs, as we got over the line by 15 runs. The boys now lie in 9th spot in the Sydney Sixers conference, with just one regular season T20 game remaining against Easts at Waverley Oval. 

sct left2nd Grade - Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Joe McAleer Oval 

Team – Everett, Tector, James, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), Edwards, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Loth, Jenkins 

Result -  Randwick Petersham 10/126 - 40.1 Overs (Everett 35, Mahony-Brack 18n/o, James 17) and 10/201 - 68 Overs (Mahony-Brack 94, Calder 30, James 26) Defeated Outright by Blacktown 4/270 - 53 Overs (Edwards 2/82-14, Loth 1/28-6) and 3/59 - 12 Overs (Humphrey 2/41-6)

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Second Grade were looking to show some fight on Day 2 after a disappointing Day 1 where we coughed up a big 1st innings lead. Not much went to plan last week, with Blacktown bowling us out for 126 before securing a 144-run lead with still 6 wickets in the shed. Whilst any form of victory for us looked out of the equation, it would be a good opportunity to dig in and deny the home side the 10 points, as well as build some momentum towards Round 6, having made a positive start to the season with two wins already on the board through 4 rounds. 

Whilst our display on Day 2 was much improved, we couldn't quite manage to stave off outright defeat as Blacktown completed a dominant 7-wicket outright victory with around an hour’s play remaining. The Warriors rattled off the 59 required for victory fairly quickly for the loss of 3 wickets, after we amassed an improved 201 from 68 overs earlier in the day, to put the outright result in some doubt. 

With the bat we looked to be heading for disaster once again as a strong Warriors’ attack had us 6/79 just after lunch and staring down the prospect that we wouldn't make the hosts bat again. However, James Mahony-Brack (94) had other ideas, making a brilliant 94 from the Number 8 batting position. Mahony-Brack has always been a top order player in his junior days and through Green Shield, however he has had to bide his time, and this year has shot up the ranks as a genuine all-rounder in 2nd Grade and PG’s.  A powerful and stylish player, James is riding the crest of a wave this week having been picked for his debut in a First Grade game against St George on Sunday in the T20 fixture at Hurstville. Mahony-Brack showed his full array of shots here, smashing 13 boundaries in a dominant display before unfortunately being the last man to fall with a century just one scoring shot away. 

Earlier in the day, another two of our emerging young guns in Jack James (26) and Matt Calder (30) had both looked in good nick without capitalising on the starts they achieved. Second Grade now lie in 13th spot and have a tough assignment next week against third placed Penrith at Petersham Oval. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – James Mahony Brack 

2 – Matt Everett

1 – Doug Loth

prsl 250x1253rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Blacktown @ Petersham Oval  

Team – King, B Stares (C), Eldridge, Burton, Lyle, Montedoro, Graham, Mullins+, McKenzie, N Stares, N. Singh, Tsalikidis

Result - Blacktown 9/281 - 80 Overs (N.Singh 3/81-24, B. Stares 2/42-17, McKenzie 2/55-19) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 7/283 (Lyle 60n/o, B.Stares 47. Mullins 44 n/o, Eldridge 44, Montedoro 31, King 20) 

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Third Grade had the job ahead of them resuming on Day 2 as we looked to run down a significant score made by the Warriors. Whilst the Warriors did well to bat all day and amass 9/281, the wicket at Petersham Oval was on the flat side and, on a fast outfield, we were more than capable of doing the same thing with the right discipline and attention.

In what was a great contest and a day of fluctuating fortunes, Ben Stares’ men were able to claim a great first innings victory, running down Blacktown’s 281 in the shadows of the post with just 3 wickets to spare. Not only was it tight wickets-wise, but overs-wise, as the chase ballooned out to over 6 runs per over late in the day, before a late surge saw us get over the line with just 2.3 overs to spare in a match where we were facing an uphill battle for much of the contest. 

Having lobbed up to Petersham to watch the climax of this game, I was able to see a brilliant late blitzkrieg from wicket keeper batsman Kel Mullins (44n/o) to pull the game out of the fire for us. Kel came in under pressure with only 10 overs remaining and more than 60 runs to get. However, he smashed the Warriors’ bowlers, belting 7 boundaries to all parts of the grounds, as the Warriors looked on stunned. Kel was at his best here, attacking the fast bowlers, and also with some sensational running between the wickets with the anchor of the innings Jack Lyle (60n/o). Lyle batted sensible and calmly to steer the side home after a middle order collapse that put Blacktown on top. When Lyle arrived at the crease things were going swimmingly at 2/119, before we slumped to 6/174 and the Warriors had their tails up.

There were a number of other key contributors on the day with Ben Stares (47), Jackson Eldridge (44) and Ben Montedoro (31) all playing a crucial role in the big run chase. Stares and Eldridge got things off to a great start taking us to 1/96 and combining for a 62-run, 2nd wicket partnership in the process after Chris King (20) had got us off to a solid start. Montedoro then picked up the tempo further in the middle order, scoring freely and looking in good form before he was dismissed. 

The only frustrating thing for skipper Ben Stares was the fact a few players got starts, and didn't quite go on with it, on a really good batting wicket. However, that now makes it back-to-back victories for 3rd Grade against UNSW and Blacktown, and both in games where we have looked in big trouble at the halfway point. The team clearly are playing for each other, and have a great team spirit, and that was evident from the sidelines as the support from the boundary grew louder and louder as Mullins and Lyle started shutting down the target. 

The skipper wanted to pass on a big shout out to in his words "Rocky, Scott Stirling and Monte’s old man for the support, and an even bigger shout out to Amy Singh for doing tea and creating 3’s new segment "Tea Lady Talk" . Amy put together some some strong and on-point observations about the flow of the game that will help the team with their debrief , especially the great running between wickets from Mullins and Lyle towards the end. Next week 3rd   Grade will be gunning for three consecutive wins when they make the trek to Bill Ball Oval to take on the Panthers. With our boys sitting in 9th spot and the Panthers in 12th spot, this is a mid-table struggle with the winner moving ever closer to the all important Top 6. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Jack Lyle 

2 – Ben Stares

1 – Kel Mullins

244x121 adina4th Grade - Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Jim Henshaw Oval 

Team – Powell+, Murdita, Andonopoulos, Frith, Bourke (C), C. Singh, Stafford, Fox, Flanagan, Budwee, Tsalikidis

Result - Blacktown 10/133 -57.2 Overs (Stafford 5/37-19, Flanagan 2/30-20, Budwee 2/18-7) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 5/134 - 57.3 Overs (Bourke 38n/o, Stafford 25n/o) 

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Fourth Grade were in the box seat at Jim Henshaw Oval, keen to wrap up the 6 points quick smart, resuming at 2/50 in chase of 133. After slipping up in Round 4, a victory would put us back into the Top 4 a third of the way through the season, with plenty of improvement still to come. 

In the end the boys managed to get the job done with a minimum of fuss, passing the Warriors score 5-down before easy beers were achieved around tea time, with both sides content that there was nowhere near enough time for any thoughts of an outright run chase. 

Whilst the result looks fairly comfortable and routine, when you look at the scorecard we did have to show some middle order resolve here after the Warriors made some early strikes on Day 2. At 3/54, 4/73, and 5/101 the result was not yet secured; however the trusted pair of Bourke (38n/o) and Stafford (25n/o) saw us over the finish line. Both senior pros have enjoyed batting together this season with Bourke taking up more of an anchor role, and Stafford the man capable of blitzing boundaries and scoring at a rapid rate. Stafford quickly snuffed out any chance of a Warriors’ victory here with some lusty blows, while Bourke was as reliable as ever batting with patience and discipline whilst picking off the loose ball. Bourke has only been dismissed 3 times this season, and is proving a rock at the crease, and like a fine wine, he appears to be getting better with the bat with age. 

Bourkey's men are the side flying the flag for the Club at the moment, having now secured 4 victories from 5 games to sit in 4th spot on 24 points on the competition ladder. Next week 4th Grade head to Coogee Oval for the first time this season to take on the 13th placed Panthers. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Rod Stafford 

2 – David Bourke

1 – Padraic Flanagan

bendigo red 250x1255th Grade - Randwick Petersham V Blacktown @ Kensington Oval   

Team – Crawford, Rushton, Ganesh, Sapariya, Wall (c), Sidney (+), Dellar, Sekton, L. O'Laughlin, M. O'Laughlin, Waugh

Result - Blacktown 10/185 - 75.1 Overs (M. O'Laughlin 4/33-15, Sekton 3/59-15, L. O'Laughlin 2/45-16) Defeated Outright  Randwick Petersham 10/68 - 44 Overs (Dellar 12n/o) and 10/78 - 46 Overs (Sidney 46) 

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Fifth Grade was perhaps the most evenly poised game heading into Day 2, with the boys looking to notch their first victory of the season by chasing down 185 against the Warriors at Kensington Oval. Last week I stated that Blacktown were sitting on the bottom of the table, however they were actually flying high with three victories and sitting pretty in the Top 6. 

On the day, the Warriors put in a dominant display, bowling us out for 68 and 78 to complete a big outright victory. Our boys fought until the end, however were outclassed, eventually losing outright at the very end of the day despite a valiant effort to hold on. 

There were not too many highlights on the day except for Damien Sidney (46) continuing his sparkling form in the second innings. Sidney now has 191 runs for the season in a side that has been struggling for runs and, averaging close to 40, he continues to score freely and play his natural game, which is attack the bowlers and try and change the momentum of the game. In the first innings youngster Alex Dellar (12n/o) showed some character to get a red ink as wickets fell around him. 

Whilst the boys have taken some beatings this year, this is a very new side and there were positives to take especially from our bowling performance on Day 1. It doesn't get any easier for 5th Grade next week, taking on 2nd placed Penrith in the picturesque surrounds of Rance Oval. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 – Mitch O’Loughlin 

2 – Alex Deller

1 – Liam O’Loughlin

rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold vs UNSW Black @ Alexandria Park - Day 2

Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), Segal, Jedwood, Lopes, Fennech, Whalebone, Coombs, O Sachs, Kashyap  

Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 122 – 40.2 Overs (Segal 32) defeated by UNSW Black 141 – 46.1 Overs (Lopes 3/44, Segal 2/4)

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A golden opportunity slipped through the fingers of Gold, as UNSW Black passed the target of 123 with one wicket remaining. The previous night's rain left a damp pitch and two teams sitting around waiting for the pitch to dry.  Thankfully, there was no more rain and play started after tea. With 37 runs needed, the students knocked off 11 runs before Luca Lopes clean bowled one of the two remaining wickets. But the students had one last ace up the sleeve, as an accomplished no. 11 rode a few hairy moments with the UNSW chairman of selectors before unleashing a flurry of boundaries to put the result beyond doubt. A returning Kashyap finished off proceedings with a ball that showed inconsistent nature of the pitch. A bitterly disappointing result for a young team looking for their first win, but a number of positives came from a rapidly improving squad. 

Jeremy Jastrzab

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 - Josh Segal 

2 - Luca Lopes

1 - Noah Jedwood

Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Sydney University @ St Pauls - Day 2

Team - Coovre(c), Geraghty, Bhavsar (+), Mohan, Sherriff, Robertson, W Deller, C De Silva, M Deller

Result - Sydney University 6/330 - 53.4 Overs defeated Randwick Petersham Green 85 - 45.3 Overs & 5/181 - 56 Overs  (Mohan 56, Bhavsar 40, Geraghty 39)

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The Green team returned to the 161-year old oval, three down and still needing in excess of 280-plus runs for first innings. Bala Mohan and Will Deller showed some serious intent for the first ten overs, but the former was the first to go, slapping one straight back to the bowler, the score at 4/57 in the 32nd. Corey Sherriff and Deller then put on a 21-run partnership, Deller showing he is one to watch, displaying a terrific straight bat, and unfaltering concentration. Sherriff too, showed he has all-round abilities with a healthy mix of attack and defence. But in the 43rd, 44th and 45th overs they, as well as Joel Robertson, were defeated by good rocks. A suited-up Mike Deller, then joined Charith at the crease. But he only got to watch, as Charith entertained the workmen with a few 'muscle shots' before perishing at long-on.

All out for 85. Not surprisingly the Greens were told to bat again, but to their credit made a much better fist of it the second time around. Dane Geraghty and Alexis Coovre put on an opening stand of 63, the former whipping anything too straight over the top, and the latter driving well through the covers. Geraghty was cleaned-up for 39 in the 17th over, and his partner was given out leg before in the next (although replays show there was a clear deflection). Abbie Bhavsar put on a 56-run partnership with Mohan. Bhavsar smote the ball down the ground with his MAD axe, and Mohan punished the spinner, belting him into and over the fence, then out of the attack.

In the 31st, Bhavsar, was stumped going for the big one, but Mohan and Will Deller held fast, putting on a smart 56-run partnership, the crestfallen Mohan nonchalantly raising his bat for a cathartic half century, before he - then Sherriff - were cleaned-up. With stumps approaching, Will Deller denied the hungry Hyenas, with a superlative defence and penchant for putting away anything loose, to be 20 red at the end of the day, and denying Sydney Uni what they wanted the most. 

Alexis Coovre

JC Travel Professionals MVP Award

3 - Bala Mohan 

2 - Will Deller 

1 - Abbey Bhavsar

From The Pavilion - Round 5, Day 1 vs Blacktown + Metro, PGs

Match Reports 

1st to 5th Grade - Round 5 Day 1 V Blacktown 

Metropolitan Cup - Round 5 Day 1 v UNSW and Sydney University 

PG’s - Rounds 5 and 6 T20 Double Header v St George @ Coogee 

It was a crucial round for the Randy Petes’ boys as we looked to rebound from a quiet round against USNW in Round 4 when we managed just the 1 victory, alongside 3 losses and a draw. We now sat in 8th place on the Club Championship ladder and faced Blacktown who have really been struggling this year, sitting in 20th place with just 80 points. Whilst on paper we looked to have a strong hand against a Club that has started the season slowly, we are being tested presently with a large amounts of injuries and unavailability. This is stretching our depth, but at the same time providing great opportunities for younger players to shine. On another busy weekend of cricket, Metropolitan Cup and PG’s were both in action again as they looked to bounce back from last round defeats. Read below to find out how all the teams fared, and which players starred in our colours this weekend. 

550x156 Lefand Group logo1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Blacktown @ Coogee Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Eaton, Hughes, Chibber, Bohannon, Kemp, Ayre Semple, Neser, Ram, Warren

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/147 - 44.5 Overs (Ayre 40, Hughes 19) and 0/3 - 1 Over v Blacktown 10/124 - 45.2 Overs (Semple 6/35-13.2, Neser 2/9-8, Warren 2/24-8) 

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First Grade were keen to play some cricket after a frustrating couple of days out at Alan Davidson Oval in a match curtailed heavily by rain. The side has experienced all sorts of injuries this season, however we looked to be getting some strength back this week with three key players in Alex Kemp, Soumil Chibber and Riley Ayre available after missing last round. Because Alex Kemp has been out injured and taking on a raft of responsibilities at Cricket NSW, respected wicket keeper batsman Anthony Sams has taken on the captaincy for the rest of the season. Sams has been a senior player for many years in the Randy Petes’ colours and I'm sure will to a great job, like Alex Kemp and Adam Semple before him have done over the years.

On a wild day of cricket at Coogee, 20 wickets fell as we managed to cling on to a narrow first innings victory by 23 runs, with outright points a big possibility next Saturday. After being shot out for 147, we looked to be in a precarious position halfway through the day, before a brilliant display by our three seamers after tea led to Blacktown collapsing, from 2/53 to be all out for 124 just before stumps. 

After winning the toss and batting on a fresh, but well prepared and hard wicket, 3 of our top 4 batman made starts before being dismissed, as we struggled to 5/53. Riley Ayre (40) has been a bit of an unsung hero with the bat, and that continued here by top scoring with 40 after being elevated to Number 7 in the batting order. Ayre played a composed innings as wickets continued to fall around him, facing 87 balls and managing just 3 boundaries. Alex Kemp (17) hung around in his new batting position of Number 6, as we managed to scramble a competitive score against a side that hasn't been scoring many runs this season. 

In reply, a fired up Adam Semple (6/35-13.2) produced a stunning spell after tea to skittle the Blacktown middle and lower order. Semple was at his best, angling the ball in from wide on the crease with the ability to nip it away, and was rewarded with a remarkable 4 caught behinds, all expertly taken behind the stumps by new captain Anthony Sams. Semple now has 11 wickets for the season and he was very well supported by both Francois Neser (2/9-8) and Nick Warren (2/24-8). Neser was particularly miserable going at just 1 run per over, bowling an outstanding line and length, as well as picking up 2 key wickets of the Blacktown opener and Number 3 batsman. 

Next week, having seen the struggles of the Blacktown middle order, I am sure the boys will be looking to play some positive cricket and set up another run chase in the afternoon. Having already secured 6 points, a 10-point outright victory would elevate us in the Top 4 after 5 rounds of the competition, which would be a great achievement considering the injury and unavailable list that First Grade have had to deal with so far this season.

farquharson LogoNEWPG’s Round 5 T20  - Randwick  Petersham v St. George @ Coogee Oval 

Team - Tector, James, Calder, Bohannon (c), Mahony-Brack, Hart, Montedoro, Mullins+, Jenkins, Kenzie, Dellar 

Result - St. George 10/101 - 20 Overs (Kenzie 3/13-4, James 2/17-4, Bohannon 2/24-4) Defeated by Randwick Petersham 6/105 - 19.5 Overs (James 44, Tector 30) 

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PG’s were in action on Sunday with the third and last T20 double header for the regular season against St George, looking to bounce back from two defeats to a strong Sydney side last weekend. After two consecutive road games, everyone was looking forward to getting back to our seaside home of Coogee Oval which is a great spot to play cricket on a Sunday in Sydney. Young 5th Grade seamer Alex Dellar made his PG’s debut in a year where lots of our young players are being given great opportunities. 

In the first game, the boys put in a great performance, defeating a strong Saints side by 4 wickets with just one ball remaining in our run chase. Having had an outstanding bowling and fielding performance to limit Saints to 101, we looked to be cruising to victory at 0/68 before slumping to 6/101 to set up a frenetic finish before Ben Montedoro hit the winning runs against his old club. 

Our opening pair of Jack Tector (30) and Jack James (44) both played beautifully to have us cruising toward victory, before Saints hit back hard. Both Tector and James batted sensibly, considering the low total we were chasing, and didn't take unnecessary risks, while ticking over the singles and keeping us above the run rate. 

With the ball, the team’s youngest player Bailey Kenzie (3/13-4) was once again outstanding, claiming three big wickets and going at less than 4 runs per over. Kenzie has proved a smash hit in PG’s this year and I know our Grade captains will be desperate to have him back in their sides for Saturday cricket in the near future. Jack James (2/17-4) has made a successful transition from medium pace to off spin in the past couple of years, and he proved more than effective here, darting the ball in, with the batsmen finding it hard to get underneath him. Skipper Josh Bohannon (2/24) proved as reliable as ever as we really put the clamps on a strong batting line up. 

The win elevated us back into contention with 2 wins and 3 losses on the season. However, with the afternoon leg of the double header to come, a victory would be needed to get us truly back into the playoff mix. 

PG’s Round 6 T20 Game 2 - Randwick Petersham v St. George @ Coogee Oval 

Team - Tector, James, Calder, Bohannon (c), Mahony-Brack, Hart, Montedoro, Mullins+, Jenkins, Kenzie, Dellar  

Result - St. George 6/165 - 20 Overs (Kenzie 2/24-4, Dellar 2/12-2) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/111 - 18 Overs (Mahony Brack 34, Bohannon 29, Calder 16) 

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The boys were pumped up and ready to go, looking to make it two victories from two games against St George after our win in the morning. Given the team played so well in Game 1, there was no need for any changes, with the side going in with the same 11 that did the job in the morning. 

Unfortunately, in this game, the strong looking Saints’ side hit back hard, controlling the game from start to finish to win by 54 runs. First Grade batsman Luke Bartier really took the game away from us early, scoring 66 from 48 balls as the visitors amassed a much better score of 6/165 second time round. Bailey Kenzie (2/24-4) was once again our best bowler, whilst youngster Alex Dellar (2/12-2) showed he is a great prospect by putting in an outstanding performance, picking up wickets and bowling tidily. 

In reply with the bat, both openers fell cheaply before Bohannon (29) and Mahony Brack (34) put on 62 runs for the third wicket to get us right back into the contest. Mahony Brack blazed four 4s and two 6s in a powerhouse display; however once he fell, the wickets tumbled at regular intervals. Eventually we were bowled out for 111 after 18 overs to finish well short of the Dragons’ total. 

All in all it was a good day for our very young side, taking a win off a strong Saints side who have made the semi-finals in the past two years in the PG’s competition. With three rounds to go, we sit in 14th spot on 6 points, however just 3.5 points out of the all-important  Top 8 with three 50-over games still to play.  Our next game is a tough one on paper, taking on 4th placed Manly at Manly Oval on November 26. 

sct left2nd Grade - Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Joe McAleer Oval 

Team – Everett, Tector, James, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), Edwards, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Loth Jenkins 

Result -  Randwick Petersham 10/126 - 40.1 Overs (Everett 35, Mahony-Brack 18n/o, James 17) V Blacktown 4/270 - 53 Overs (Edwards 2/82-14, Loth 1/28-6) 

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Second Grade were making the trip West this week to Joe McAleer Oval to take on Blacktown. It was an important game for both sides with Tom Holland's men sitting on 11th spot on the ladder and Blacktown nipping at our heels in 14th spot on the ladder. With First Grade having strengthened this week, the flow-on effects were obvious in 2nd Grade, with quality players like Jack Tector and Mitchell Edwards making their 2nd Grade debuts for the Club, after being late debutants half way through last week’s 1st Grade game. 

Unfortunately, this was a day where the hosts completely dominated, with the Warriors bowling us out for just 126, before replying with a commanding 4/270 to end Day 1 in front by 144 runs. Sometimes you come up against an opposition that is white hot on the day, and that was the case here as we were outplayed with bat and ball, and will have to regroup for Day 2 with only avoiding an outright defeat looking the best case scenario. 

Reliable opening batsman Matt Everett (35) top scored with the bat with six boundaries, as we actually got off to a really solid start. With fellow opener Jack Tector (14) and Number 3 Jack James (17) both making solid starts, at 1/64 things were looking rosy for a big score. However, a dreadful collapse scuttled our hopes in their tracks. We lost 8/27 before and after lunch, to go from a strong position at 2/80 to 8/107 before being bowled out in the 41st over. 

In reply, hopes were raised that a fightback was on the cards when quickie Doug Loth (1/28-6) removed dangerous opener Sharma in his first over to have the Warriors 1/3. However, from then on it was all the Warriors, as they scored at over 4.5 runs per over, with three of their top five batsmen scoring half centuries at a quick scoring rate. Our spin twins of Mitchell Edwards and Mac Jenkins got through plenty of work, combining for 3 wickets in 34 overs. 

Overall it was a scrappy performance int the field and a batting display that failed to capitalise on a great start. Next week will be a good opportunity for our young batting order to get a chance at redemption, as the Warriors go hunting for outright points. 

prsl 250x1253rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Blacktown @ Petersham Oval  

Team – King, B Stares (C), Eldridge, Burton, Lyle, Montedoro, Graham, Mullins+, McKenzie, N Stares, N.Singh, Tsalikidis

Result - Blacktown 9/281 - 80 Overs (N.Singh 3/81-24, B. Stares 2/42-17, McKenzie 2/55-19) v Randwick Petersham 

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Third Grade were our sole winners in the Top 5 Grades last week, and they would be looking to keep the momentum going coming up against a winless Blacktown side at Petersham Oval. Despite a fair few changes in the higher grades this week, 3’s had an air of familiarity about them, with just the one change to a winning side with gun all-rounder Corey Graham returning from being unavailable last round to bolster the side’s middle order. 

On what proved a long day in the fieldn Ben Stares' men really stuck to the task, limiting Blacktown to 9/281 from their 80 overs on another baking flat Petersham Oval wicket. Petersham has been a paradise this year for batsmen, with the fast outfield and true wicket, and our boys were forced to toil away with the ball and in the field, conceding a respectable 3.5 runs per over throughout the day’s play.

Blacktown had not been known for their solid batting so far this season, having lost all four games, but they certainly turned up here racing to 0/99 and 2/160 as their top order played with confidence and also slices of luck. The boys did well in the end, in the session after tea, claiming 8/120 with a score well over 300  on the cards at certain points throughout the day. 

Once again veteran seamer Nigel Singh (3/81-24) took the honours with the ball, getting through a power of work in claiming 3 wickets in 24 reasonably economical overs. Singh picked up the wickets of the Number 4, 5 and 6 batsmen, as he made it 12 wickets from just three games since his return in Round 3. Captain Ben Stares (2/42-17) has proved a very handy surprise packet this season with the ball, and once again he was clearly our most economical bowler here, nagging away on a probing line and length while picking up 2 wickets and being the only to go at less than 3 runs per over. Opening bowler Tom McKenzie (2/55-19) also bowled a few really probing spells on a wicket not offering much assistance to the seamers. 

Next week, whilst it is never easy to score close to 300 to win a Third Grade game, the boys should be presented with perfect conditions at Petersham Oval to do so. Captain Stares commented that this was a highway of a wicket and the boys would be confident that if we bat the day we will be able to run the Warriors down.  Let’s remember, last week 3’s looked well and truly buried on Day 1, before fighting back to claim a great come-from-behind victory, and, with a place in the top half of the table at stake, I'm sure the Warriors will have their work cut out for them to get the victory they probably expect from here. 

244x121 adina4th Grade - Blacktown v Randwick Petersham @ Jim Henshaw Oval 

Team – Powell +, Murdita, Andonoupoulos, Frith, Bourke (C), C. Singh, Stafford, Fox, Flanagan, Budwee, Tsalikidis

Result - Blacktown 10/133 -57.2 Overs (Stafford 5/37-19, Flanagan 2/30-20, Budwee 2/18-7) v Randwick Petersham 2/50 - 20 Overs (Murdita 16, Andonopoulos 13n/o) 

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Fourth Grade headed to the salubrious surrounds of Jim Henshaw Oval, keen on making amends for our first loss of the season last week. The boys were still sitting pretty in 5th spot on the ladder, and could move back in to the Top 4 with a victory over the winless Warriors. Having welcomed back retirees albeit fleetingly in James Tyson and Karl Schubert, it was time to welcome back another one this week, with Club legend Chris Singh pulling on the boots. Singh had been a prolific player in 3rd grade and 4th grad for over a decade for the Randy Petes so skipper Bourke was delighted when he made himself available at short notice. Gabriel Budwee and Kyri Tsalikidis were also back in 4th Grade to add some real punch to a bowling line up already containing prolific wicket takers in Rod Stafford and Padraic Flanagan. 

I'm not quite sure what happened in the off season, but veteran David Bourke has changed a lifetime philosophy of batting first 9 times out of 10, and thinking about bowling first once before deciding to bat. This season, the wily skipper has bowled first on a couple of occasions, and he was rewarded for his decision here as we shot out the Warriors for 144 before looking pretty solid in reply at 2/50 at stumps on a tricky wicket. Blacktown were really made to labour for their 133, chewing up 57 overs, as all our bowlers played exceptionally well, putting the screws on and building pressure throughout the innings. 

The star of the day was, once again, 4th Grade’s best recruit ever in veteran Rod Stafford (5/37-19). It was only a matter time before Stafford claimed his first 5-wicket haul of the season, as he managed to extract both turn and zip out of the surface, as he ran through the Blacktown middle and lower order. As well as ripping the ball, Stafford has the ability to zip a few through straight, and was rewarded with a couple of LBWs in his 19 over spell at the crease. Stafford was once again expertly supported by our leading strike bowler in Flanagan (2/30-20) who once again bowled outstandingly, conceding just 1.5 runs per over and picking up two key wickets. The pair now has 29 wickets between them already this season, and would have to be the most deadly pace/spin duo in the competition thus far. Gab Budwee (2/18-7) also made his presence felt in his return to the side, as our senior bowlers all did their job. 

In reply Murdita (16) and Powell (13) got things off to a solid start putting on 31 runs for the 1st wicket before they were both dismissed with the score on 31 to throw a late scare into the camp. However, Peter Andonoupoulos (13n/o) and Tom Frith 5 (n/o) steered us safely to stumps, with the boys requiring another 84 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand when we resume on Day 2. 

bendigo red 250x1255th Grade - Randwick Petersham V Blacktown @ Kensington Oval   

Team – Crawford, Rushton, Ganesh, Sapariya, Wall (c), Sidney (+), Dellar, Sekton, L. O'Loughlin, M. O'Loughlin, Waugh

Result - Blacktown 10/185 - 75.1 Overs (M. O'Laughlin 4/33-15, Sekton 3/59-15, L. O'Laughlin 2/45-16) v Randwick Petersham 0/4 - 3 overs 

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Fifth Grade were in a showdown this week, with both ourselves and Blacktown desperate to get our first win of the season at Kensington Oval. The side has had some improved performances in recent weeks, and received a great boost to our bowling line up here with both young guns in Mitchell O’Loughlin and Mac Waugh back in the side. Both young quickies played a part in last year’s 5th Grade Premiership win, with Waugh playing a key role in the finals, so it was great to finally have some troops available that tasted success last season in that great season under Nigel Singh.  

In what proved a slow day’s cricket, our boys did a great job with the ball and in the field, limiting the Warriors to all out 185 from 75 overs on a flat Kensington Oval wicket. After conceding big scores in our last couple of outings, this was a far more disciplined performance with the ball and in the field, as we conceded less than 3 runs per over throughout the day and gave ourselves an outstanding chance of victory next week. 

The Warriors looked to be well in control of the game in the first session, having reached 1/70, before a remarkable collapse saw them lose 5 wickets for just 9 runs. Even more astounding was the fact that 4 wickets fell with the score on 79, as Warriors’ batsmen were left scrambling for their pads to get out to the wicket in time. 

Clearly, the standout performer of the day was returning paceman Mitchell O'Loughlin (4/33-15) who ripped the heart out of the Warriors’ batting line-up with a 4-wicket display. The big quickie applied pressure from the start, and got through a big work rate in his first outing of the season, with his return boosting a bowling line-up that had been struggling a bit up front in recent weeks. O'Loughlin was well supported by Sekton (3/59-15) who backed up his marathon effort last week with 3 big wickets here, to keep the Warriors in check. Mitchell wasn't the only O'Loughlin getting in on the act, with older brother Liam claiming two wickets as the boys combined for 6 wickets between them on the day. Liam bowled with good accuracy and control in his 16-over spell.

Skipper Mark Wall commented that it was the best display all year in the field from the boys and that they are very confident that they can get the job done next week.  Next week, our two openers will resume on 0/4, with 182 runs required for victory and all 10 wickets in hand, in what hopefully will be our first victory of the season. 

rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold vs UNSW Black @ Alexandria Park

Team – Stewart (c), Jastrzab (+), Segal, Jedwood, Lopes, Fennech, Whalebone, Coombs, O Sachs  

Result – Randwick Petersham Gold 122 – 40.2 Overs (Segal 32) v UNSW Black 8/86 – 37 Overs (Segal 2/4, Lopes 2/14)

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Gold arrived at Alexandria Park to be confronted with a wicket resembling parts of the outfield. Predictably, Gold were invited to bat by UNSW Black's skipper and it was a poor start with Stewart out early. Jastrzab and Segal showed off good technique and runs began to flow. The loss of Jastrzab didn't slow proceedings with Noah Jedwood (21) combining with Segal (32) to have the scoreboard ticking over. Jedwood punished anything loose including one into the adjacent tennis courts. Not to be outdone Segal followed 2 balls later. After tea wickets steadily fell to see Gold all out for a seemingly below par 122. 

The UNSW batsmen went on the attack early but quickly slowed the tempo with Lopes (2/14) and Oscar Sachs (1/23) giving nothing away. The bowlers worked in partnership and were backed up brilliantly in the field with 2 spectacular catches to Lopes and only 9 men on the park. UNSW limped to stumps finishing the day 8/86, including a spell of 6/18 in the final 15 overs of the day that also contained a double wicket maiden from Segal (2/4). Gold will be on the hunt for the final 2 wickets and an opportunity for outright points when play resumes next week. 

John Stewart

Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Sydney University @ St Pauls - Day 1

Team – Coovre (c), Geraghty, Bhavsar (+), Mohan, Sherriff, Robertson, W Deller, C De Silva, Kumar, Hani

Result - Sydney University 6/330 - 53.4 Overs (Mohan 2/79) v Randwick Petersham Green 3/50 - 24 Overs 

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The Green team won the toss and elected to bowl, on a greenish pitch, and only eight fielders. A big thank-you to the marvellous Mike Deller, who, seeing our plight, donned the whites and jumped on board. Aged sandstone buildings and Jacarandas showering their purple flowers were the perfect backdrop to the postage stamp size ground, as Corey Sherriff rhythmically ran-in to start proceedings. There was also Joel Robertson from the other end, who got the first wicket in the 11th over, a catch going to Dane Geraghty. The students were quick to pounce on anything short or wide, young Will Deller showing another side to his cricketing prowess: climbing (under and over) fences, and finding lost balls!

Just when the other opener was starting to look dangerous, Coovre caught him napping at the non-strikers end to have the students 2/92 in the 20th over. Charith came on and had the number three snicking behind, before an 81-run fourth wicket partnership ensued. Bala Mohan, sole spinner for Greens, eventually broke the partnership feathering one through to the keeper. Then a 91-run partnership occured, balls going into unpluggable gaps, some challenging half-chances, their stylish number five on a roll. Mike Deller's terrific energy, witty barbs, and excellent dives helped lift the team, and it was wonderful to see father and son in action together. It was Mohan again who finally took the next wicket, the score 5/306 in the 49th over. Mr Stylish eventually brought-up his century, but shortly after Will Deller had him trapped in front, the Sydney Uni captain declaring at 6-330.

Coovre and Geraghty opened-up, the former pulling for four off his first ball but shortly after snicking to gully. Geraghty and Abbie Bhavsar then looked rocked solid, before the latter was castled by a mean off-cutter. Mohan, joined Geraghty who was at his laconic best, ticking over the scoreboard wherever possible. Unfortunately he fell in the final over of the day, out caught. With 281 still to get, but with re-inforcements on the way, and Mohan channelling VVS Laxman, hope is kindled.  

Alexis Coovre 

From The Pavilion - Round 4, Day 2 vs UNSW, PGs & Metro

Round 4 Day 2 - 1st to 5th Grades v UNSW (2-Day Games) 

Rounds 3 and 4 - PGS T20 Double Header v Sydney 

Metropolitan Cup v Mosman & UNSW

The Randy Petes’ boys were back in action on Saturday on Day 2 against local rivals UNSW on what was a rainy and cold day across Sydney. First Grade were set for an early start after Day 1 was washed out last week. Whilst Second Grade and Fourth Grade were in strong positions, both Third and Fifth Grades were on the back foot as we looked to maintain our place above the Bees, sitting 15 points ahead of them in the Club Championship in 6th spot. With rain on the day perhaps swinging fortunes wildly in games, there were some unexpected results, including a big come from behind victory.  Metropolitan Cup and PG’s were also  in action with PG’s taking on the Tigers in a T20 double header in what was a jam packed weekend of cricket for the Randy Petes. Find out below who starred on Saturday and Sunday in what was a mixed bag of results. 

 

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550x156 Lefand Group logo1st Grade - UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ Alan Davidson Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c), Eaton (C), Hughes, Sangha, Bohannon,  Semple, Edwards, Tector, Radford, Neser, Ram

Result - Randwick Petersham 3(dec)/264 - 63 Overs (Sangha 100n/o, A. Sams 66, Bohannan 55no, Eaton 42) Drew with UNSW 1/13- 2.3 Overs (Semple 1/4-1.3) 

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First Grade were looking to bounce back from losing both T20 games at Coogee on Sunday when they headed down the road to Alan Davidson Oval for what was now effectively a 120-over One Day game against the Bees. 

Given we didn't get on at all last week, changes were allowed to be made and there were a few major changes due to injury.  With Captain Alex Kemp having unfortunately torn his hamstring last Sunday, and Riley Ayre having suffered a hand injury, our 1st Grade was looking a vastly different outfit from the one that played the majority of the last couple of seasons. Mitchell Edwards made his debut for the Club at short notice, after coming over from St George. Edwards is a very accurate left arm spinner who has done really well for Saints at 2nd Grade and PG’s level over the past few seasons. 

Also making his debut for the Club was our Irish import, young gun Jack Tector.  He made his first-class debut for Leinster Lightning in the 2017 Inter-Provincial Championship on 5 June 2017. Prior to his Twenty20 debut, he was the captain of Ireland's squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. With veteran Nic Warren back from injury, we were able to add some experience is becoming a very young side. 

Whilst the game proved a bit of a fizzer as constant rain breaks and interruptions led to a stale draw, there were a number of impressive individual performances. We clearly got the better of the game having UNSW 1/13 chasing our 3 (dec) for 264 when a final rain break brought an early stumps. Anthony Sams (66) and Sean Eaton (42) both were in blazing touch at the top of the order, with Eaton crashing 7 boundaries at better than  a run a ball, and Sams making a composed 66 from 96 balls in his debut match as Captain. 

However, once again the star proved to be Jason Sangha (100n/o) who completed his second 1st Grade hundred, and the second in the last three matches, as he cruised his way to a century unbeaten. Sangha was all class once again, playing stylishly off front and back foot and really going with things and making it count after getting past his half century. Sangha will play for the Cricket Australia X1 against the English Test Team this week, and is on the verge of a Sheffield Shield call up for NSW this season, such is his rise to prominence. Not to be forgotten, Josh Bohannan (55n/o) continued his strong form, scoring a stylish half century from 85 balls as he was promoted up the batting order to Number 5 and made the most of the opportunity. 

The draw sees the boys pick up 1 point and move to 13 points to be 8th on the competition ladder after 4 rounds. Next week is essentially a must win game at Coogee Oval as we take on the struggling Blacktown Warriors who are yet to register a win and sit last on the competition table. 

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3 – Jason Sangha

2 – Anthony Sams

1 – Josh Bohannon

The 'In Form' Jason Sangha on his way to his 2nd ton this season!

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BostonMenswear logoPGs Round 3 T20 - Sydney v Randwick  Petersham @ Drummoyne Oval  

Team - Tector, Calder, Sangha (c), Bohannon, Mahony-Brack, James, De Silva, Hart, Mullins+, Jenkins, Kenzie 

Result - Randwick Petersham 4/90 - 10 Overs (Sangha 30, Mahony Brack 30 n/o) Defeated by Sydney 5/94 (Jenkins 2/9-1) - 8.5 Overs

Our Under 21’s side were back in action with a double header against a strong Sydney side at the well presented Drummoyne Oval. Both Jack Tector and Kel Mullins would make their PG’s debut for the Club in what was another very young side to take the field. 

On a rainy weekend in Sydney, where several PG’s games were abandoned completely, it was a credit to the guys at Drummoyne that we were able to get two games on even if this first one was reduced to 10 overs. 

Captain Jason Sangha (30) led from the front, continuing on his great form from the previous day. James Mahony Brack (30) was explosive with the bat having been given an opportunity, having batted well down the order in his debut season in 2nd Grade. 

Unfortunately, the Tigers came out firing with the bat and despite picking up regular wickets we were unable to stem the flow of runs as they reached our total with just over one over to spare, with 5 wickets in hand. Mac Jenkins (2/9-1) managed a double strike in his one over. 

PG’s Round 4 T20 Game 2 - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Drummoyne Oval 

Team -  Tector,  Calder, Bohannon (c), James, De Silva, Mahony-Brack, Hart, Montedoro, Mullins, Jenkins, Fox 

Result - Sydney 9/146 - 20 Overs (Montedoro 3/19-3, James 2/22-4, Mahony-Brack 2/23-3) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/82 - 16.3 Overs (Montedoro 28, Mahony-Brack 24) 

With the boys having adjusted to the wet conditions, we were able to prepare for a full 20-over game in the afternoon fixture, after narrowly going down in the morning. This time the game was a little more one sided, with the strong Tigers’ outfit posting a 64-run victory against our talented yet inexperienced side. Hayden Fox came into the side for the second game with Jason Sangha unavailable. 

The Tigers were always in command of the match, having posted 9/146 from their 20 overs, a good score in wet conditions, and with the outfield slower than usual. In reply, we didn't bat with the same authority as we did in the first game, as the Tigers turned the screws, picking up wickets from the get go. Eventually we were bowled out in in the 17th over for 82. Ben Montedoro (3/19-3 and 28) had an outstanding all-round game, putting the brakes on the Tigers’ innings with 3 big wickets, as well as some great batting down the order to restore some pride to our innings. James Mahony Brack (2/23-3 and 24) was one of the stand out all-rounders of the day as our young guns continue to show promising signs this season. 

This season will provide plenty of good experience for a young side coming up against some of the best Under 21’s players in the State. We now sit with 1 victory and 3 losses. Our next two games are a T20 double header against St George at Coogee Oval  next Sunday, as we look to get back into finals’ contention. 

sct left2nd Grade - Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Coogee Oval 

Team – Everett, James, Calder, Hart, Holland (C), De Silva, Standing, Hemphrey, Mahony-Brack, Jenkins 

Result - UNSW 9/298 - 103 Overs (Standing 3/36-20, Jenkins 3/73-33, Mahony-Brack 2/41-16) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/175 - 64.3 Overs (De Silva 52, Standing 25, Holland 24, Calder 23) 

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Second Grade were gunning for 3-straight victories when they resumed in chase of the Bees 9/298 at Coogee Oval on Day 2 on Saturday. After having toiled away for 103 overs under a baking sun, the boys would have been cursing their luck with rainy, cloudy conditions much more in favour of the bowlers around Sydney on Saturday. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be our day as despite some late resistance, we were bowled out for 175 in the final hour of play for the day with the Students claiming a 123-run victory. 

With play interrupted a few times early, the ball nipped around on a fresh Coogee Oval surface and we lost our first 4 wickets relatively cheaply before we had 50 runs on the board. Both Matt Calder (23) and Tom Holland (24) steadied the ship with a nice little partnership, before both were dismissed, just when they looked like they were wrestling back the momentum out way. 

Once again the stand out batsman on the day was Ravin De Silva (52) who is having a barnstorming start to season 2017/2018, scoring his first Second Grade half century here, batting from Number 7. Ravin came in under plenty of pressure, but played in typically stylish fashion, as he looks to be enjoying the extra pace on the ball on offer in 2nd Grade. De Silva and fellow youngster Jack Standing (25) briefly gave us strong hope that we could hold on for a draw, as they put together a partnership for the 8th wicket in fading light. However, the final 3 wickets fell very quickly on what was a frustrating day for Tom Holland's men. 

The boys now drop to 11th spot with 2 wins from their opening 4 games to start the season. Next week is a crucial game against 13th placed Blacktown at Joe McAleer Oval, as we look to get back up towards the all-important Top 6. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Points

3 – Mac Jenkins

2 – Rav De Silva

1 – Jack Standing

prsl 250x1253rd Grade - UNSW v Randwick Petersham v @ David Phillips Oval 

Team – King, B Stares (C), Eldridge, Burton, Lyle, Montedoro, Mullins+, McKenzie, N Stares, N.Singh, Tsalikidis

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/161 - 61 Overs (Burton 37, Mullins 30) Defeated UNSW 10/139 - 52.1 Overs (N. Singh 6/32-24, McKenzie 2/61-14, Murdita 1/23-6) 

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Third Grade were big underdogs coming into Day 2 of their match against UNSW at David Phillips Oval. The Students looked to be cruising at 1/64 chasing our fairly moderate 161, with 9 wickets left in hand, and under 100 runs to score on one of the smaller grounds in Sydney. However, no one told our boys, as they produced the story of the day, making a ripping comeback with the ball to bundle UNSW out for just 139 and claim a vital 6 points in the process. 

Ben Stares’ men had their backs to the wall on resuming, but managed to pick up a stunning 9 wickets for just 76 runs, to leave the hosts stunned and set the scene for a thumping rendition of the Randy Petes team song in the David Philips Oval dressing rooms. If you discount the Captain’s one over, Stares was able to rely on just 3 seam bowlers to mount the side’s comeback on a day where rain breaks made it easier for some of our quicks to bowl in longer spells whilst being relatively fresh. Special mention to Jaya Murtdita who pulled off one of the great catches launching himself like a a gazelle from mid on to pluck one from no where for us. 

Once again the star of the day was the ageless Nigel Singh (6/32-24) who picked up a remarkable 6-wicket haul as he continues to dominant Sydney Premier cricket whichever Grade he plays. Like I have said previously, Singh has taken wickets in all 5 Grades over the years and, despite his advancing years, would never look out of place in higher Grades such is his mastery of his craft, with unnerving accuracy and subtle skills that trapped the UNSW batsman rudderless and stifled their run rate completely.  Singh got through 24 overs, conceding under 1.5 runs per over, as he set his sights on winning the points for his team, and increasing his lead as the Club’s overall leading wicket taker in our history. 

Singh was well supported by both Tom Mckenzie (2/61-14) and Jaya Murdita (1/23-6) as both boys managed to gain crucial breakthroughs and bowl at good pace. Captain Stares was a very happy man in the post-game, impressed by the intensity and enthusiasm of his side to not give in despite a rough few weeks. The boys are now back up to 10th place and need to keep the momentum going next round as we take on the winless Blacktown Warriors at Petersham Oval. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Points

3 – Nigel Singh

2 – Ashley Burton

1 – Kel Mullins

244x121 adina4th Grade - Randwick Petersham v UNSW @ Petersham Oval  

Team - Powell, House, Andonoupulous+, McLoughlin, Schubert+, Frith, Bourke (C), Stafford, Fox, Flanagan, Tyson

Result - UNSW 10/219 - 70 Overs (Flanagan 5/86-22, Tyson 3/53-16) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/166 - 50.3 Overs (Frith 53n/o, Bourke 40,  Flanagan 20, Shubert 19)

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Fourth Grade resumed on Day 2 looking to make it 4-straight victories to start season 2017/18, in somewhat of a precarious position at 3/11, chasing UNSW's 219 at Petersham Oval. While the boys were confident of getting the runs, with a deep batting order full of experience and in-form players, the rain around Sydney meant the conditions were much more in favour of the bowling side, than the hot temperatures on Day 1 which made us toil in the field. 

Sadly this was not to be our day, as despite making a good fist of the run chase, we were eventually bowled out for 166 as the Students claimed a 53-run victory with around an hour’s play remaining. Despite the rain, Petersham Oval was in good nick and fit for play as soon as the rain stopped. However, we got off to a nightmare start with John McLoughlin, the class batsman of the side, dismissed to a good ball in the first over of the day. 

At 4/11 there really looked to be no coming back, however Captain David Bourke (40) and Tom Frith (53n/o) had other ideas, as they set about rebuilding the innings in tricky conditions, with the ball swinging around a bit. Bourke has made a habit of digging in at the end, playing an anchor role this season. However he had totally the opposite approach here, bludgeoning 40 from just 50 balls and looking in sparkling touch as the boys put on a 65-run partnership in quick time. However, just when Bourke looked to be cruising to a half century he was stopped in his tracks in what only could be described as an ordinary LBW decision. As a player, you just have to cop those and hope the luck evens up later in the season. 

Karl Schubert (19) played in typically aggressive fashion, however once he and Stafford were dismissed in quick succession, all hope looked lost at 7/102 heading into the tea break. However, after tea Frith batted extremely sensibly with the tail who put up a great fight with Fox (16) and Flanagan (20) giving us real hope that we could achieve a miracle win. Frith showed his class to remain unbeaten with a half century, and will play a key role going forward in the side’s middle order. 

A big thank you to Warren Bourke who helped out with afternoon tea over the past few weeks, as well as finding a few winners at Flemington in-between. Next week the boys will be looking to bounce back as we head to the picturesque surrounds of Jim Henshaw Oval. With Blacktown yet to register a win, Bourkey’s boys will want to claim their 4th win of the season and jump further up from their lofty spot in 5th place on the ladder.  

JC Travel Professionals MVP Points

3 – Padraic Flanagan

2 – Tom Frith

1 – David Bourke

bendigo red 250x1255th Grade - UNSW v Randwick Petersham @ David Phillips Oval  

Team – Crawford, Rushton, Ganesh, Sapariya, Wall (c), Geraghty, Lopes, Sidney (+), Dellar, Sekton, O'Laughlin 

Result - UNSW 6/333 - 80 Overs (Sekton 3/101- 27, Deller 2/42-16) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/154 - 49.4 Overs 

Fifth Grade really had the task ahead of them this week, chasing a massive 333 put up by the hosts on Day 1 on what was a flat David Phillips Oval. Unfortunately, as was the theme in 4 of the 5 Grade games for us this week, we found ourselves batting on Day 2 in conditions which were much tougher than Day 1 through nothing more than the turning of the weather gods. 

Like most games around Sydney, this game was played in fits and starts, with UNSW getting on top on Day 2 taking wickets at regular intervals to bowl us out for 154 and claim a 179-run victory. Opening batsman Crawford (18) and Number 3 batsman Ganash (15) got the team off to a relatively solid start, before their wickets sparked a collapse. 

There was some excellent lower order resistance with Damien Sidney (55) continuing his blistering form with a fantastic half century in quick time. Sidney is known as a  player that can counter attack from the get go,  so it was no surprise to see him launch his first ball for 6 as he smashed  number of boundaries whilst being well supported by Sekton (16n/o) as the boys salvaged some pride towards the end of the game. Sydney now has back-to-back scores of 83 and 55, and will be in contention for higher grades should he continue his stellar form. 

Next week is a big game for this young and developing side, with a matchup with another winless side in Blacktown back at Kensington Oval. Both sides will be desperate to get off the bottom of the table so it should be a highly competitive match. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Points

3 – Damian Sidney

2 – Sahil Sekhon

1 – Alex Deller

rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green  v Mosman @ Kensington - Day 2

Team - Stewart (c), Jastrzab, Bhavsar (+), Genner, Sherriff, Robertson, Jedwood, C De Silva, Coovre, Whalebone, Mohan, W Deller, Segal

Result - Mosman 10/186 - 74.4 Overs (Coovre 3/24, Genner 2/38) drew with Randwick Petersham Green 2/130 - 63 Overs (Segal 73*, Stewart 23)

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Miserable weather and top-soiled outfield conspired against a confident Green team in the quest for their first win of the season. After a delayed start shaved 12 off overs of play. Josh Segal came in and with captain/CEO John Stewart made slow but steady progress in torpid conditions. Runs and wickets were difficult to come by, but neither batsman were willing to blink, after an opening burst from Spartan MD Kunal Sharma yielded no wickets. The lingering showers dropped by after 24 overs of play with the score on 46 for no loss.

Tea and 8 over lost left the team with 141 to get in 36 overs. The big skip fell for a patient 23 pushing the pace in a 74 run stand, but Segal was just kicking on. Having grown in confidence through out, shots started finding the gaps, 2s became 3s and along came a maiden half century for the club. Another wicket fell to old wily fox in Jay Patel, and play finally finished at 2/130 at nearly 7pm, Segal not out on 73. With quicker outfield and 20 overs more, a win would have been well in reach. Positively, the young squad is showing signs of gelling and coming together as a team. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Points

3 - Josh Segal

2 - John Stewart

1 - Alexis Coovre

rsz lau marrickville logoMetropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v UNSW Gold @ David Phillips South - Day 2

Team - Coovre (c), Jastrzab, Bhavsar (+), Sherriff, Robertson, C De Silva, Mohan, Crawford, Hinds, Coombs, S Singh

Result - UNSW Gold 10/299 - 65.3 Overs (Hinds 4/53) drew with Randwick Petersham Gold 2/38 - 12 Overs

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No play was possible on the second day of the Sunday match at David Phillips South, as the previous night's rain put paid to any positive result. The pitch reveal showed a mud cake on a good length and underneath the left-arm openers follow-through. The students reluctantly gave up the driver's seat and hands were shaken prudently at 12.15pm. But the Golds won't be escaping UNSW for long, as the other metro side awaits them next round. 

JC Travel Professionals MVP Points

3 - Denis Hinds

2 - Alexis Coovre

1 - Jeremy Jastrzab

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